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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 39, September 26, 1999, Article 8

HORATIO BURCHARD  

   Bob Murphy, a visitor to our web site, writes:  "I am 
   interested in finding a source for information about 
   Horatio Burchard, who was appointed Director of the Mint 
   on Feb. 22nd, 1879.  Thank you for your assistance."  

   Former NBS Board Member Pete Smith, author of "American 
   Numismatic Biographies", provided the following information:  

   "Horatio Chapin Burchard was born on September 22, 1825, 
   at Marshall, New York.  In 1850 he graduated from Hamilton 
   College in New York. He went on to study law and was 
   admitted to the bar in 1852. He married Jane Lawver in May 
   of 1860.  

   His interests turned to politics and he was elected to the 
   Illinois State House of Representatives, serving from 1863 
   to 1866. On December 6, 1869, he took the seat in Congress 
   vacated by Elihu B. Washburn. Burchard was re-elected and 
   served until March 3, 1879.  

   President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Burchard as Director 
   of the Mint and he served from February 1879 to June 1886. 
   He resigned to return to the practice of law.  

   Burchard was in charge of awards for mines and metallurgy 
   in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition.  He was on the 
   Assay Commission in 1894, 1895, 1901 and 1903. He was a 
   census supervisor in 1900.  Burchard died in Freeport, 
   Illinois, on May 14, 1908." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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